In Mali, market garden in urban areas to diversify

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Despite the political upheavals and after a sharp downturn in the economy in 2020, Mali wants to focus its recovery via the primary sector. Many entrepreneurs come in for gardening. Adama Kanté is one of them. He produces, processes and sells fruit and vegetables from his fields in the Malian capital.

From our correspondent in Bamako,

The Niamakoro-Kourani district is concerned. The place is popular with some of the Malian middle class for the attractive prices it offers for the purchase of land. In a small villa, Adama Kanté, the chubby face, oversees the teams in his agricultural processing unit.

“Here, as I say, this is our dumping ground. We take everything that is fresh, also a product that we transform. And we have the vegetables, the beets, the peppers, the cabbage, the tomatoes, the parsley, the celery, a little bit of everything. We make natural juices, natural broths as well, and we also process coconut flakes. Our products are sold from 500 CFA francs to 7000 CFA francs depending on your purchasing power, explains Adama Kanté.

From buzz on the Internet to agricultural investments At the age of 22, there was nothing that predestined him for field work and the creation of an agricultural enterprise. In parallel with her studies, Adama Kanté devotes herself to her passion for agriculture on a plot of about twenty square meters. Everything accelerates when a video of him posted on the Internet gives him some notoriety. With the benefit of the drone, he created Séné Invest, an agricultural investment company that appeals to the diaspora for financing, at an annual interest rate.

This is followed by the purchase of arable land, which enables him to grow market products that he sells directly to the consumer. “The products come from our fields, we currently have 7 hectares of production, so we produce almost 70% of what we sell. We have developed a cooperative with more than a hundred farmers around us, who produce and mediate the distribution market to us. So there is no direct intermediary between Sougou Mobile and the manufacturers, which is why the products are quite cheaper here, ”emphasizes Adama.

“Prices are more attractive than in the markets” Five mobile markets, Sougou Mobile in Bambara, have been set up in Niamakoroni. These proximity kiosks are made of iron and wood and are recognizable by their dotted green color. Mariame Niaré has become a fan of one of the booths.

In the past, every day, I spent 1000 CFA francs to buy food for my family, but today I do not think I spend that much, because the products here are of good quality. Prices are more attractive than in the markets. Since they moved in, I do not go to the market anymore. I buy everything here! If I need fish they have it, if I need chicken they have it, the same with smoked fish. Their peanut paste is very clean, as it is sold in airtight bags, while we in the market have to use our own plastic bags. All their products are maintained and are well packaged. “According to company figures, each kiosk generates 50,000 CFA francs per day or 250,000 CFA francs per day for the five in activity. To diversify and benefit from the basket of housewives, Adama Kanté’s company has launched a new home delivery for residents in its neighborhood.

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